NASCAR stars, drag racing legend join Int’l Motorsports Hall

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Three key NASCAR figures and a drag racing icon were inducted Thursday night into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Alabama. Rusty Wallace (pictured), Dale Inman and Rick Hendrick make up the stock car side of the IMHoF’s Class of 2013, joining the NHRA’s Don Schumacher.

All four have been champions in their respective categories. Wallace, who claimed 55 Cup wins in his driving career, took the 1989 series title over the late Dale Earnhardt and was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998; Inman earned eight Cup titles as a crew chief (seven with Richard Petty and one with Terry Labonte); Hendrick has won 10 Cup titles and 14 titles across all three of NASCAR’s major national series (including the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series) as owner of Hendrick Motorsports; and Schumacher has 11 NHRA world titles to his credit as a team owner, as well as five event titles as a driver — including a 1970 triumph in drag racing’s biggest event, the U.S. Nationals.

In order to be inducted into the IMHoF, a person must be retired from their particular line of work for at least five years. After said period has passed, he or she then needs 51 percent of the total number of votes to be inducted.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.